Read Philippians 1:1-11
While writing this letter to the Christians of Philippi, Paul is in prison for preaching the gospel of Jesus. This is important to keep in mind as you read through the verses, which are filled with encouragement for fellow believers. Did you catch that? While Paul is in chains, he is spending his time and energy thinking about, encouraging, and praying for others. Instead of allowing his circumstance to overcome him, Paul sees this trial as an opportunity for joy and teaching.
In verse six he writes, “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” The Lord had brought Paul through many trials before this, and had continually proven Himself faithful. This is why Paul is able to say with certainty that it is God who does the work in us. It is God who sustains us, who grows us, who carries us through as we trust in Him. God does not give up on His children, He is with us during every season of life. This is a lesson I believe Paul learned because of the trials he went through, and he was eager to share this truth with others.
When you are having a bad day, week, or month, do you tend to think about yourself or others more?
How can you encourage and pray for others during a hard time in your own life? How might this change your perspective?